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How Much Does Pandora Pay to Play Top Artists? A Lot.

In a recent blog post by Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, the founder outlines just how much the company is paying artists to license their music so the personalized Internet radio service can play their music. The licensing fees, as you may imagine are incredibly expensive. For the right to play popular artists such as Drake and Lil Wayne, it costs the company $3 million per year for each of them. Other popular artists such as Coldplay, Adele, and Wiz Khalifa each cost Pandora $1 million per year.

But it’s not just super popular artists who are raking in some serious cash from Pandora, there are thousands of artists who Pandora owes thousands of dollars to every year. Over 2,000 artists individually receive $10,000 per year from Pandora, and more than 800 artists receive over $50,000. If we simply look at the artists who receive $10,000 per year, that is already costing Pandora $20 million — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. No wonder Pandora has yet to turn a profit.

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Thesis vs WordPress: GPL License Debate

Chris Pearson of DIYThemes and Matt Mullenweg of WordPress are at each others throats over this issue about Chris’ Thesis theme framework for WordPress which is not licensed under the GPL (General Public License).  Thesis is a very popular theme for WordPress, it has over 27,000 users and while Matt claims it’s the only major premium theme to not abide by the GPL, it really isn’t.  Headway themes aren’t licensed under the GPL either.  But the question at hand here is are themes really derivative works of WordPress?  According to a recent post on the WordPress blog they are, but I don’t buy it.

The response by the lawyer (who by the way works at the Software Freedom Law Center) in that post is clearly sharing the viewpoint of Matt and WordPress.  I’m sure any good lawyer with an opposing viewpoint could conduct a strong rebuttal.  You are only hearing one side of the argument, so to simply take that post at face value is silly.

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